Norway’s iconic Trollstigen, a scenic mountain road in Romsdal famed for its hairpin turns, isn’t likely to open to traffic until the very end of May at the earliest, highway officials confirmed on Thursday. Avalanches during the winter caused unexpected damage that’s taking time to fix.
Some of the damage occurred as late as last month, during the Easter holidays, when avalanches were crashing down all over Norway. Not only are portions of the road in need of repairs, so is the relatively new tourist center and kiosk at the top of Trollstigen, which now ranks as one of Norway’s National Tourist Roads that feature special lookout points and facilities along the way.
“It’s a real mess, not nice to see at all,” Roar Vikhagen, leader of the local roads department for the Møre og Romsdal region, told state broadcaster NRK. He said he’s never seen so much damage to the road that emerged after snow melted. He said they’ll be working hard to prepare and open the road for the hundreds of thousands of tourists who drive it every summer, but that won’t be possible for several more weeks.